Native son of the San Francisco Bay Area. Masters from UC Berkeley in Soviet History. Between 2009 and 2011, I worked with Leon Aron in Washington, DC, at the American Enterprise Institute. Since 2010, I've blogged at ‘A Good Treaty.’ Read my tweets (there are thousands) at @KevinRothrock and @RuNetMemes.
Latest posts by Kevin Rothrock
14 November 2014
It is hard to underestimate the chilling effect the crackdown on Children-404 might have. The LGBT community is one of the least respected, most maligned groups in Russian society.
13 November 2014
There are certain news outlets in Russia you don’t expect to publish stories accusing the government of funding Vladimir Putin’s enemies, but that is exactly what happened last week.
11 November 2014
Concerns about Belov’s safety in pretrial detention spiked this week, after his brother wrote on LiveJournal about a supposed plan by the Federal Security Service to torture Belov in prison.
3 November 2014
The statue's owners allegedly worry that the Steve Jobs monument, following news that Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, is gay, violated Russia's laws against "homosexual propaganda."
29 October 2014
Good will is a rare commodity among Russian social media users, and Russia's logo for the 2018 World Cup became the target of mockery the moment it went public.
28 October 2014
One of Russia’s most popular news websites, the once vaunted Lenta.ru, finds itself at the center of a scandal today, after publishing an ethnic breakdown of Russia’s 200 richest people.
26 October 2014
Participants at the TMSummit will discuss storytelling, collaborative creativity, new technology, sustainable business and living, wellbeing and health, photography, film and music, and journalism, among other issues.
20 October 2014
A cross between news aggregation and independent reporting, "Meduza" is the coolest thing to hit online Russian journalism in recent memory.
14 October 2014
RuNet Echo speaks to Egor Prosvirnin, the chief editor of the website "Sputnik & Pogrom," about Vladimir Putin and nationalism in Russia today.
10 October 2014
Male chauvinism and homophobia are nothing unique to Russia, but it’s hard to ignore how the Duma’s new effort to protect women from tattoos dovetails with current reactionary trends.